Dec 7, 2013 6:30pm EST
tense standoff came suddenly, the north korean government saying merrill newman, a korean war vet with a heart condition was released for humanitarian reasons. nbc's mike taibbi is in palo alto with more porous. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the north korean officers say they deported merrill newman, others say he was freed after a detention that never should have happened. the ex-marine for a trip that lasted much longer than it should have is home. it happened quickly without any prior announcement, the flight from pyongyang to beijing, and merrill newman finally able to speak freely >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. >> reporter: and then after a direct flight to san francisco, american soil. >> it's been a great, great homecoming and i'm tired, but ready to be with my family now and thank you all for the support we got, and very much appreciated. >> reporter: newman had visited north korea on an organized tour but was pulled off his homebound flight october 26th minutes before takeoff and held without explanation but the elderly man who had raised a family an
Dec 7, 2013 11:00pm EST
california man is home tonight after spending seven weeks as a prisoner in north korea. merrill newman arrived back on u.s. soil. while visiting there, he was held without explanation. he was accused of crimes dating back to his service in the korean war claiming that he trained south korean guerillas. a video of him making an apology was released, the government announced he was deporting him on humanitarian grounds zoifrjts a sinkhole swallows a car. now we know what caused the road to give way. >>> a crime spree in the district as investigators search for the person responsible. >>> and a delivery truck goes up in flames, torching tens of in flames, torching tens of thousyou won't take my life. you won't take our future. aids affects us all. even babies. chevron is working to stop mother-to-child transmission. our employees and their families are part of the fight. and we're winning. at chevron nigeria, we haven't had a reported case in 12 years. aids is strong. aids is strong. but we are stronger. and aids... ♪ aids is going to lose. aids is going to lose. ♪ ♪ hey, tha
Dec 8, 2013 8:00am EST
you, too. 85-year-old war veteran merrill newman is back in california after being detachbd for more than a month in north korea. north korean officials say he was being held on charges of hostile acts against the regime stemming from his service in the korean war. he was finally reunited with his family in san francisco on saturday after the north koreans deported him. >> it's been a great homecoming, and i'm tired but ready to be with my family. >> a spokane medical examiner is set to perform an autopsy monday to determine what caused the death of a teenager on a delta air lines flight on saturday. the flight from seattle to atlanta was forced to make an emergency landing in spokane shortly after takeoff. investigators says it appeared the 16-year-old died of natural causes. the teen was the son of a soldier based in washington. he and his family were flying to atlanta for the holidays. >>> thousands are expected to turn out today for a tribute to "fast and furious" star paul walker. a memorialar cruise is scheduled this afternoon in valencia, california in honor of the late actor.
Dec 9, 2013 4:00am EST
detained in north korea for more than a month. 85-year-old merrill newman says he was held in a hotel room and not a jail cell. the dorian war veteran says he was well fed and comfortable. north korea released newman on friday citing his video apology, his age, and his health. newman was in north korea on a tourist visa. military police took him off a plane as he was about to leave pyongyang in october. he was accused of crimes from the korean war. and north korea confirming it removed the uncle of kim jong unfrun from the ruling party. accused of corruption, womanizing and abusing drugs and alcohol. south korean intelligence leaders say the north executed two of his aides just a few days ago. the once powerful uncle was considered a mentor to the north korean lead er. >>> leaders from all over the world are headed to south aftria to pay final respects to nelson mandela. they will be joined by former presidents carter, george w. bush, and bill clinton. the only other living u.s. president, george h.w. bush, has been in failing health and will not make that trip. and after the memorial